Port Rowan Harbour Marina

Boat slips with character and charm line the harbour reminiscent of Nova Scotia’s famed Peggy’s Cove.

Have you ever come to a location and wondered how you’ve never heard of this spot before? Every now and again this happens to me and when it does, I am usually rewarded with plenty of photo opportunities that can last well past the patience of my partner. 🙂 These boat slips may be old, rusted, and even falling apart, but those characters are what made this area so photogenic for me.

Each boat slip has their own character and charm.

Varying in size from extra large to small, coloured in white, green, and even pink, these slips had a certain je ne sais quoi appeal to them that I could have photographed for hours. Had it not been for my eagerness to find and photograph the Sandhill Cranes, I would have stayed a little longer to appreciate my surroundings.

As much as I enjoyed seeing these boat slips as a whole, it’s the smaller details that gave this area so much to photograph. Concentrating on the texture of the wood and metal and the details of the doors really showcased the age and stories these slips have experienced season after season.

A boat hides inside a slip at Port Rowan Harbour Marina.

The door was open for this particular boat slip, allowing passersby to get a glimpse of the inside. The lone boat, tethered to the slip by the blue rope, was just waiting for the ice to melt away to get out and explore the waters of Lake Erie again. Part of the interest in coming during the winter is that we get to see the ice in front, and most doors closed. I would imagine the doors would be open during the summer, and the boats perhaps left outside, which may create a different feel to the area. Click on the first image to enlarge the gallery.

The Other Side

Moving to the front side of these boat slips, they were decorated and painted in colours that coordinated so well with each other, it’s almost as if a designer had come in and painted this entire stretch of slips. To capture the essence of the area, I attempted to photograph whatever details of each boat slip that struck me. Whether they were patterns, shadows from the sun, the colour of paint used, or just the funkiness of it all, it really was a fun challenge to see what I could do to capture its essence.

6 and 5. I loved the symmetry of this boat slip, with the metre stretching from the doorway to above the windows. The white trim around the doors and window, along with the trimline separates the direction of the siding adding further interest to this face of the slip. The bright orange really stood out and made a statement for this stretch as well.


Doors are a passageway to the other side. The doors of these slips seemed to be a reoccurring theme in my photos. Whether they were stripped of their paint, chipped, or lopsided, they created an interesting focal point that I couldn’t resist to capture. Click on the first image to enlarge the gallery.

Door Details

When you dig down to the finer details of simple objects like doors, it really brings out the true character of these magical passageways. With these closeups I tried to let the texture of the wood shine through, enhance the shadow-play produced by the bright sun, and allowed the eclectic colours to really show their strength. These were achieved by cropping out the unnecessary details and orienting the crop to complement the direction of the patterns on the wood and metal. Click on the first photo to enlarge the gallery.

Decorative Details

Now we move on to the decorative details these slips had near the entrance. There were a variety of objects that helped liven the mood of these sometimes beaten-down structures, often showing the playfulness of the owners. I appreciated the fun details ranging from a fish to “No Parking” signs to even a bird house where I didn’t realize a bird was out posing for me until I walked a little closer.


What does minimalism have to do with boat slips you may ask? These slips are often quite large, allowing the entirety of the metal walls or wooden planks to help in creating a minimal composition. I particularly liked the winding meter pipes that acted as an object of interest amongst the otherwise bare walls. Click on the first image to enlarge the gallery.


The last couple of photos comes from the home situated directly in front of the slips. While I could have concentrated more time on this one home alone, I only have the one photo of the port window that I took from behind a tree for added depth.

The second photo is of the stacked wooden platforms that you see in the foreground of the featured image of this blog. Rather than take its photo from the side, I took a picture of it looking down the stack to allow us to appreciate the depth of wooden platforms stacked against each other.

Have you been to Port Rowan Harbour Marina before? Did you find it as interesting as I did? Let me know in the comments below.

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